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Town filled with Super Heroes

This week the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Harvest Festival with the theme of “Super Heroes.” After the experiences my mother, Mary Dee Peyton, and family have had over the last two months I think this is a great theme for this community.

It started with those heroes who volunteered their time and energy to come to our house when I needed them for Mom. The guys on the Rescue Squad were professional, friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Next it was Dr. Carol and all the nurses, technicians, therapists and staff at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital. Wow! You guys were outstanding. The care Mom received was second to none. The food was great, the place was exceptionally clean. I can’t say enough good things about all of you.

Mom’s next stay was with the Super Heroes at Hilltop Estates. Once again we were constantly impressed with how friendly, happy and enthusiastic everyone there was. Mom’s stay there was nothing like I had envisioned a care facility to be. The help from the staff was great, not only in Mom’s care, but in guiding us through the maze of rules, regulations, and all the other stuff that frankly we hadn’t thought of in regard to Mom’s future care.

Another hero is Angie Barkmeier and the Senior Center who provided us with so many useful items we needed for Mom. We were not aware of all the services the Senior Center offers. Again, we feel very lucky to live here in Gothenburg.

Mom is now at Stone Hearth Estates and, while she hasn’t been there long enough for us to get to know all the folks there, we have already been impressed with the friendliness and willingness to help from everyone with whom we’ve dealt.

We are looking forward to Mom’s continued improvement and her climb to better health that we know is going to happen at Stone Hearth.

Yep, Gothenburg truly is a community of hometown super heroes. The theme for this year’s festival was a great call.



Fire fighters appreciated

On behalf of all of us in north central Nebraska and the Niobrara River valley ... thank you firemen from Gothenburg and many other communities miles away from the scene of the recent fires that burned thousands of acres and destroyed over a dozen homes.

I couldn’t believe the number of fire departments, equipment, men and women fire fighters who responded to assist our local firemen and I could hardly believe the stories of fast moving flames and extreme heat coming from these rough canyons. We are thankful no one lost their life especially when the wind changed and pushed the flames in various directions.

In the Ainsworth Fire Hall, I heard numerous stories about close calls and incidents related to the fight to stop the fires. One said “You know Gothenburg sent some guys up and they’ve got a guy with a plane flying guys up and back in shifts.”

So, thank you fire fighters in small communities all over our state. I guess it’s just something they do. They hear about someone in need and they load up and go help.

I’m sure I can speak for many in our area. Thanks again.


Can technology help Lake Helen?

We have the technology to reclaim items from the Titanic on the bottom of the ocean. We have the technology to remove crude oil from the ocean.

Surely, there is the technology to remove the sediment and reclaim Lake Helen without tearing everything up.

As a citizen of Gothenburg, I say “No” to the current plan and “No downsizing” of Lake Helen, either!


Obama fails to understand

I would like to move past Joe Knoedler’s statement (02-22-12) that President Obama “...sounds like someone who understands the middle class...” The problem is, Obama says something almost everyday that proves Knoedler’s statement to be utter nonsense. Whenever the community organizer gets in front of a crowd of drooling sycophants and goes off teleprompter (TOTUS), we find out what he really thinks.

In Roanoke, VA, speaking about how nothing can be achieved without government, he said “If you’ve got a business--you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Outraged business owners nationwide expressed their displeasure with his statement. His understanding seems to be somewhat lacking for “middle class” job creators. I am not surprised by what he said.

After observing Obama for years, I follow three rules. If he speaks out against something others are doing, he is doing it himself. If he proposes something I disagree with, take it to the bank. If he says something I agree with, he is lying. This works virtually without fail.

When Republicans came out with ads highlighting what he said, he replied with the same lame claim that he was taken out of context. However, if you read/listen to all of what he said, the “context” just makes it worse.

Now he’s on a “I love the middle class” tour, burning up millions of tax dollars for jet fuel on the way to his next fundraiser. At over 185 events (the combined total of five previous presidents), some are saying “... he is far more dedicated to raising money and winning re-election than to performing the actual job for which he was elected...”

Now is the time he’ll begin his move to the right (as in 2008) to make voters believe as he says “...I would wake up every single morning...” (at 10 a.m.) “... thinking about you and fighting as hard as I knew how to make your life a little bit better.”

Never mind the fact that he and his party have driven us into such massive debt, we may never recover. Because Obama has no economic accomplishments he can run on, he is pointing to the days of Clinton (turning deficits into surplus). Referring to them as “my theories” and “our plan.”

I am all in favor of returning to that. After two years of failing Democrat policies, Clinton began adopting Republican ideas to cut spending and deficits, cut taxes (capital gains, fueling an investment and stock market boom), deregulation (stimulating innovation and competition) and welfare reform that Clinton said would “...break the cycle of dependency that has existed for millions...” How can Obama claim that he wants to return to that when he opposes every single one of those points?

If re-elected he can go back to being the most divisive, anti-sovereignty, anti-gun rights, anti-free speech and religion, big government, wealth re-distributing, partisan hack ever elected president. At the same time showing his understanding for the middle class of course.


Video promotes Gothenburg

I recorded a video in June of Gothenburg’s Pony Express and it’s now posted on YouTube. It was part of my family’s 6,000 miles coast-to-coast summer road trip. LouAnn Houchin (who works at the Pony Express Station) is simply an outstanding station master. I’ll be looking forward to her visiting me in Flowery Branch, GA, about 3,000 miles southeast from y’all. Here’s a link to the video:


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